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Melbourne, 18 June 2009 – Baker & McKenzie has advised the Australian-listed oil exploration and development company 3D Oil Limited [ASX: TDO] on its successful defence of the attempted takeover bid by Drillsearch Energy Limited. The bid closed on 8 June 2009 without Drillsearch obtaining its minimum acceptance condition of 50%.
Sydney,18 June 2009 – Maria O'Brien, Partner in Baker & McKenzie's Insolvency & Restructuring Practice in Sydney, was announced the winner of the International Women's inolvency & Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC") NSW inaugural Award for Outstanding female in the Insolvency and/or Restructuring Industry at the IWIRC event held last night.
HeidelbergCement AG has agreed on the refinancing of its existing bank liabilities in a total amount of € 8.7 billion with an international syndicate comprising more than 50 banks.
Setterwalls has recruited attorney Magnus Eriksson, from SAS, to the aviation group. Setterwalls has of lately experienced an increasing demand of aviation assignments. These assignments are predominantly comprised of leasing agreements and purchase and loan agreements pertaining to the client’s fleets. Setterwalls’ aviation group represents aviation companies as well as banks and owners/renters with Swedish and international backgrounds.
Schibsted Sverige AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Schibsted ASA, acquires 41 procent of the shares in Aftonbladet?s parent company Aftonbladet Hierta AB from Landsorganisationen LO. After the acquisition Schibsted Sverige will hold 91 per cent of the shares and votes and LO will own 9 per cent.
23 April 2009 Chambers Europe ranks D&I as a leading firm in Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Competition/European Law, Real Estate, Employment and TMT and ranks every third D&I lawyer as leading in their field.
Albar & Partner announced the launch of the firm’s website with effect 1 May 2009. Accessible world-wide at the website address of www.albar.com.my , Managing Partner Syed Zaid Albar said, “In today's fast paced world of ever changing technology, the development of this website is intended to enhance communication and make known to the world the various legal services that our law firm has to offer. It is hoped that users will find our website informative and inter-active, and will enjoy browsing through our website.”
28-30th of April the delegation of International Law Firm INTEGRITES visited the global event EUROPEAN SEAFOOD EXPOSITION took place in Brussels, Belgium.
The international business journal ACQ has ranked corporate transaction advisors globally. The ranking primarily covers law firms, banks and audit firms.
The journal, Legala Affärer has carried out its annual survey amongst associates at the larger law firms. For the fourth consecutive year, Delphi finds itself in the number one spot.
Anna Ulfsdotter Forssell, partner and head of Delphi's public procurement group, has been ranked as one of the world's top ten lawyers by Who's Who Legal Public Procurement 2009. Anna Ulfsdotter Forssell is the only Swedish lawyer on the prestigious list of the world's most highly respected individuals within the field of public procurement.
Christoph Neeracher, partner at Bär & Karrer, is chairing the third seminar on Mergers & Acquisitions for practitioners which will be held on 22-23 September 2009 in Lucerne under the patronage of the University of St. Gallen. The seminar will focus on legal, tax and financial matters regarding distressed mergers & acquisitions. The seminar is primarily aimed at CEOs, CFOs and COOs as well as in-house legal advisers, auditors, lawyers and other persons regularly engaged in M&A-transactions.
Our firm was established in 1993 and it is based in Limassol, Cyprus. We offer full legal services in all disciplines and practice areas. We also offer legal advice and representation in cases falling under any jurisdiction and represent our clients across the whole hierarchy of the Courts of Cyprus. We also take cases to the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice.
Based on our experience, qualifications, ability and professionalism, our aim is to offer first class legal services to our clients in a way that guards and furthers their interests. We maintain a client-orientated approach and our main objective is to provide a full legal service with utmost professionalism, complete dedication and personal attention to every client.
70 Year 5/6 students from around the island attended a creative writing course held at various primary schools recently as part of the Extended Curriculum Programme organised by Education, Sport and Culture and supported by Ogier Jersey.
Ogier has earned another endorsement for its funds expertise following the announcement by ACQ Finance Magazine of their Global Award winners for 2009. This time, the firm picked up the title of “Overall Private Funds Law Firm of the Year”.
Ogier has been named “Best Offshore Law Firm, 2009” at the HFM Week Service Provider Awards held in London.
Ogier, one of the leading providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services, has appointed Marcus Hawgood as Head of Treasury Services, focusing on enhancing the management of client cash assets. Marcus joins Ogier from Computer Patent Annuities where he was Group Treasurer.
Andreas Zahradnik, private equity expert and partner at DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS, advised Invest Equity on the sale Chemson Polymer Additive AG. Chemson is an internationally leading manufacturers of polymer additives with a global turnover amounting to nearly EUR 300 million.
Martin Brodey and Andreas Zahradnik, partners at DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS, have advised the Swiss Valartis Group on the acquisition of Anglo Irish Bank's Austrian private banking subsidiary, Anglo Irish Bank (Austria) AG. The acquisition was completed on December 19, 2008, after the Swiss Federal Banking Commission gave their approval. The Austrian Financial Market Authority also did not object to this transaction. The Anglo Irish Bank (Austria) AG will be renamed Valartis Bank (Austria) AG and its asset management subsidiary Valartis Asset Management (Austria) Kapitalanlagesellschaft mbH. Both parties have agreed not to discuss details of the purchase price.
DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS is delighted to announce that it has been named 'Austrian Law Firm of the Year' by International Financial Law Review (IFLR). The firm received this prestigious award at the IFLR Europe Awards in London on March 18, 2009.
Associate University Professor Alexander Schopper has been appointed Of Counsel at DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS, a leading business law firm in Austria. Since May 2009, he strengthens the firm's corporate finance and restructuring team headed by Andreas Zahradnik.
Foyen Advokatfirma has secured a major boost of its presence in Gothenburg, in order to provide its clients with even more competitive commercial law advice.
Carey Olsen in Guernsey and Linklaters LLP in London have successfully completed a scheme of arrangement under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended) (the ‘Law’) in respect of European Capital Limited (‘ECAS’) a Guernsey incorporated authorised closed-ended investment company.
Carey Olsen has been placed in the top ten law firms in the latest Hemscott rankings for law firms advising AIM stock market clients. The firm, with offices in Guernsey, Jersey and London, is ranked ninth overall with 37 listed clients.
Tax executives from multinational companies, tax officials and advisors voted in the second International Tax Review online poll for their top 3 tax transactional firms in 47 jurisdictions. In 31 countries, that's nearly three quarters of the territories covered, Taxand members were nominated as either number 1 or number 2 local advisors.
B&K has signed 4 May 2009 a pro bono agreement with Icehearts, an athletic club formed to prevent youth alienation. This co-operation is part of B&K Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.
The Helsinki office of Borenius & Kemppinen Attorneys at law has been awarded the Green Office symbol and certificate as an indication of an environmental system that fulfils the criteria set by the WWF. With the help of Green Office, offices can reduce the burden they place on the environment and achieve savings in costs related to material and energy. Green office is a project launched by the WWF in Finland and the symbol has been awarded to 69 offices to this date.
Hong Kong, 11 June 2009 - Baker & McKenzie has acted for The Link Real Estate Investment Trust (“The Link REIT”) on two significant financing transactions, being the establishment of a US$1 billion guaranteed euro medium-term note programme and a HK$3 billion club loan facility.
The well-regarded British M&A publication, ‘ACQ Finance Magazine’ conducts an annual, independent poll to reward outstanding M&A firms. This year Gärde Wesslau has been honoured to be named ‘Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year – Nordic’ in recognition of its work on a series of high-profile international deals.
To meet our clients’ expectations as regards full-range legal assistance our law firm has decided to extend its services to include tax advisory. Since April 2009 our new tax team has been headed by Bernard Łukomski (Partner), an expert in Polish tax and commercial law.
Kinstellar, the leading premium regional law firm for Emerging Europe, is proud to announce that the firm has won the 2009 “Tax Firm of the Year” award for Hungary from International Tax Review, the world’s leading expert publication on tax issues. The prize ceremony was held at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 19 May 2009 at International Tax Review’s fifth annual European Tax Award.
CHOI & KIM, established in 1997 as a maritime specialist law firm, has successfully completed a recent case involving auction proceedings of vessels worth about US$1 billion. In a case where Cyprus registered 11 trawlers owned by “B” shipping company were arrested and passed to auction proceedings in the Busan District Court, CHOI & KIM, on behalf of the shipowner, succeeded in releasing the vessel from the arrest. By successfully completing this case of the highest claim amount in the Korean legal history, CHOI & KIM also succeeded in distinguishing itself as the top-notch maritime law firm.
“We are delighted to announce that AFR has achieved the Keep Guernsey Green Award. It was recognised earlier this year that as a Guernsey firm we should be doing much more to reduce, re-use and re-cycle and assume a corporate responsibility”, said Peter Atkinson, Senior Partner.
In May 2009 the law firm Arzinger strengthened its team having invited a new partner, for the second time in this year already. The new Arzinger’s partner is the ex-director and a head of the legal department of the Investment Bank Dragon Capital, attorney-at-law Alexander Zavadetsky
London, 4 June 2009 - Baker & McKenzie, London has advised Kuoni Group on its acquisition of about 32% of the equity in Et-china.com International Holdings Limited (Et-china).
The acquisition makes Kuoni the biggest single shareholder in this important Southern Chinese travel corporation. Et-china is one of South China's best known tour operators through its GZL subsidiary, and also provides a leading internet platform in China for individual travel arrangements. It has a customer base of about 1.5 million, and has been listed on London's AIM stock exchange since August 2007.
Hong Kong, June 4, 2009 – Baker & McKenzie will host a seminar titled “Investing in Indonesian Coal Projects – New Opportunities Under a New Mining Law”. The event takes place on June 16, 2009 at the Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
Drew is only one to clinch both Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year awards – 2-time winner
Change of holding credit institutions, investment funds, insurance and reinsurance undertakings : New notification procedure now in full force !
The Venture Capital and Private Equity will benefit from a modernized vehicle for attracting VC / PE foreign investors in Luxembourg. The following innovations are significant
In February 2009, Kluge was awarded a framework agreement as one of three suppliers of legal services to the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (DIFI). Kluge has won two of the calls for services under the agreement. Kluge’s head of IT law, partner Torstein Arendt, has assisted DIFI with a revision of the governmental standard agreements (SSA) for IT procurement and consultancy services. The revised standards have been well received in the Norwegian IT media and among the user group. The general opinion is that they will be used frequently and set the standard for IT agreements in future IT projects.
2 June 2009 – Drew & Napier LLC (“Drew & Napier”) is advising PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte. Ltd (“PetroChina Singapore”), a subsidiary of PetroChina Company Limited (“PetroChina”), on the proposed 45.5% acquisition of Singapore Petroleum Company (“SPC”). Subject to regulatory approvals, PetroChina Singapore will purchase the stake from a Keppel Corporation subsidiary at S$6.25 per share valuing SPC at S$3.2billion in its entirety.
Hengeler Mueller advised Adam Opel GmbH on the trustee structure agreed between General Motors, the Federal Republic of Germany, the federal states of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Thuringia and Adam Opel GmbH, as well as on the € 1.5 billion loan granted in this connection and guaranteed by the German federal government and the aforementioned federal states.
May 29, 2009. Sofia. PETERKA & PARTNERS is delighted to announce that it is the first foreign law firm registered in Bulgaria as a law firm under Bulgarian Bar Act.
Eurolex Bulgaria was the legal consultant of Bridgecorp Jsc on the acquisition by the client of the parent companies of LANDMARK PROPERTY MANAGEMENT S.A., one of the biggest companies on the real estate market in Bulgaria (the Buyer’s consultant was Credit Swiss Securities and CMS Cameron McKenna).
Today, freenet AG has signed an agreement on the sale of freenet's DSL business to United Internet AG's subsidiary 1&1 Internet AG. The transaction is structured as a sale of all shares in freenet Breitband GmbH.
Boult Wade Tennant is pleased to announce that attorney Daryl Penny has accepted an invitation to join the partnership with effect from 1 May 2009.
Boult Wade Tennant has received the 2009 UK Trade Mark Prosecution Firm of the Year award from Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) at its fourth annual Global Awards held 31 March at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) has ranked Boult Wade Tennant in the top tier for both patents and trade marks in its annual survey of leading IP firms. For the third consecutive year, it is the only firm in the top tier for both categories.
JAUSAS is a promotor member of the Indo-Spanish Chamber of Technology together with the basque telecommunications cluster Gaia and the Association of Indian software companies (ITSMA). The Project, by the name of Scutum, is a joint Indo-Spanish initiative, co-financed by the CDTI, for the development and manufacture of advanced non-toxic insecticide textiles to prevent tropical diseases resulting from mosquito bites.
The newly published Chambers Europe 2009 Guide puts JAUSAS once again among the elite of Spanish law offices. Besides the specialities in which the firm has already been recognised in recent years (Pharmaceutics and Health, Tax, Insolvency and Wealth Management), recognition is now added to the Dispute Resolution Department and to one of its specialists in M&A